An assortment of music links for this post. Some are links to websites of radio stations or online music streams, others are links to videos on YouTube or elsewhere. Most of the audio clips require Windows Media Player or Real Player and most of the video clips require flash player to be installed. Hope you like them
Jamaican Lee Scratch Perry (alias Rainford Hugh Perry) is considered one of the godfathers of reggae music. From his recording studio (built in his own backyard) in the early 1970’s he not only recorded some of the early work of Bob Marley, The Heptones and Max Romeo but also did some of the early mixing desk experimentation with overlaid sounds that became the music form we know today as Dub Reggae. The track above is from his seminal 1976 album Super Ape
Recorded just two years before his death, this beautiful haunting track comes from the 1979 album Survival; which was censored by authorities on its release in late apartheid era South Africa due to its overtly political message
A great Ska reggae track and a video that is a history lesson for younger brethren on just who exactly the original skinheads were. Despite their later, deserved, association with violent racism, the earliest skinheads where in fact great fans of black music in general and Ska in particular, greatly assisting its growth from the black community into in the musical mainstream.
The video is a loving black and white portrait of those early white reggae fans. Avowedly a working class phenomenon, the first skinheads cut their hair short and wore drainpipe jeans to signal their rejection of the long hair and flared jeans of the hippy movement which they regarded as both pretentious and middle – class. Thus did Ska become the authentic urban street music of its day through artists such as Prince Buster, Desmond Dekker and this band – Toots and the Maytals.
Hardcore anthem from Brit-Punk pioneers The Clash from their best selling album London Calling. I saw this lot perform live with Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex (remember Poly Styrene ?) and Tom Robinson at the first Anti-Nazi League carnival in east London in 1977
Led by guitarist Carlos Santana, the first, and only, Hispanophone rock band to appeal to an Anglophone audience broke into the mainstream after featuring in the Woodstock festival and the subsequent film. This track is from the hit 1970 album Abraxas
From the days before they became a long – bearded MTV cliché, a classic early cut from their 1979 album Deguello (after the order given to Mexican troops at the Alamo meaning, colloquially, “no quarter”)
Classic 1980’s cut by Nigeria’s greatest living musician King Sunny Ade. From the album Juju Music (Juju is the original west African animist belief system of which Haitian Voodoo is but a pale copy). Briefly an underground success in the Europe and the USA in the early 80’s (when I first heard him), he spurned the chance of global stardom when he turned down the request of western Anglophone record companies to perform in English and commercialise his music. Never one to compromise his artistic integrity, King Sunny continues to record and perform Juju music, that blend of rock, jazz and traditional Yoruba music that is his trademark
Recorded live on the Jules Holland Show for the BBC. Tinariwen hail from Mali and perform a heady mixture of western rock and traditional Tuareg rhythms. Formerly members of an ad-hoc military regiment formed by Muammar Q’daffy to further his ambitions in neighbouring Mali and Chad, the band later renounced violence and now perform across the world, highlighting the stateless and unemployed plight of many Tuareg in north Africa. Their unique and hypnotic sound is now a regular feature on the live world music festival scene
From Zimbabwe, their sumptuous and melodic multi-layered guitar sound was briefly an underground hit in the Britain in the 80’s. Playing a mixture of western rock and Zimbabwean Chimurenga (“independence struggle”) music known as “Jit”. This track is from the 1986 classic album Shabini
A startling metaphor for the fate of their home country, the band initially enjoyed great critical success and were a regular feature on the John Peel Show on BBC radio, which is where I first heard them. The celebrity status accorded to song writer and guitarist Biggie Tembo irritated the other band members, especially their leader Rise Kagona, and he was forced to leave, fatally undermining the group’s artistic strength. In the years that followed three of the bands members were to die of AIDS; Tembo himself returned to Zimbabwe, but became clinically depressed and committed suicide in 1995.
Rise Kagona still lives in the UK and writes and performs with Culture Clash.
from Hamburg, 24 hour classical music in 128bit. Website is in German, if you don’t speak German and haven’t got Google Translate then look for a button marked “horen” (“hear / listen”)
Classical music radio from San Francisco
From Hilversuum, 24 hour radio, mostly classical / world / jazz. Website is in Dutch, if you don’t have Google Translate then”Luister Live” = Listen Live. Also, there are a series of icons down the right hand side of the screen containing a number of sub channels –
“Klassieke Muziek” = Classical Music
“Oude Muziek” = Early Music
“Wereldmuziek” = World Music
“Gregoriaans” = Gregorian chant
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